The Golden Retriever as seen by a dog trainer

Mario Hernandez on 04/08/2016

Golden Retriever


Although there exist many legends about the origin of the Golden Retriever, the true origins of Golden have been known since 1952. It is in this year that the records of the Marjoribanks kennel which ranged from 1835 to 1890 were published.

It should be highlighted the Golden Retriever is not a long-haired Labrador. The Labrador is more square, it has a characteristic tail which is shorter and thicker than Golden. The Golden is related to the Flat-Coated Retriever as the have a common ancestry.

Physical Characteristics:

Although it is an excellent companion dog we must not forget that it is a hunting dog so it is an active breed that likes the playing. It was also used as assistance dog, guide dog, as a detection dog etc. It is a breed compatible with active people who like sports and long walks.


They usually have a friendly and easy-going temperament, they love family life, but like everything this also depends on the education they receive.

Goldens are usually easy to train, obedient, able to understand quickly and well, and have a great memory. It is an excellent companion dog. In short, we can say that the Golden is a gentle, adaptable and friendly dog.


Simple brushing, baths and regular hygiene care.


The cost of maintenance is reasonable, the amount of daily think this breed ranges from 500gr to 600gr. Of course this also depends on their physical activity and their metabolism which, like in people, defines their tendency for obesity.


All dogs regardless of their breed need training, but for the Golden this is critical. As it is a strong, active and very friendly dog, many owners assume that being so good and intelligent the dogs will behave well. However leaving all that energy and intelligence uncontrolled usually turns into a mess at home, unbearable walks and etc. With training we channel that energy and intelligence and strengthen the ties with our dog.


The Golden is a breed that needs daily exercise, therefore to meet their needs they will require long walks and a lot of time playing with them.

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